Did you know that spending time in a hot tub before going to
bed could lead to a deeper and more peaceful sleep?
According to a recent poll by the National Sleep
Foundation, approximately 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders,
like insomnia, at least one night a week and this number is on the rise.
This lack of sleep can leave you feeling nervous, groggy
and depressed or cause erratic mood swings. Because sleep researchers believe
that insomnia can be traced to hectic, stressful lifestyles, many researchers
suggest that relaxing in a spa regularly before bedtime can be a simple
solution to this dilemma.
How important is a
restful night’s sleep? It is widely accepted that getting quality, REM
sleep has a multitude of positive effects on just about everything.
When lack of sleep becomes a chronic problem, it can start to
affect your body and mind in many ways.
consistently show that:
- Sleep helps the brain commit new
information to memory.
- Chronic sleep loss affects the way we
process and store carbohydrates, which can lead to weight gain.
- More serious sleep disorders have lead
- Over time, chronic sleep loss can diminish the disease-fighting
capabilities of the immune system.
A Natural Way To a Deeper and More Restful Sleep
study in the scientific journal Sleep showed that soaking in a hot tub prior to
bedtime could help insomniacs achieve a deeper, more relaxing sleep.
Taking a 15-minute soak in a hot tub about 90 minute before
going to bed allows your body temperature to adjust and enable a better nights sleep
naturally. Your body’s core internal thermostat
drops after leaving the water, which signals the body that it’s time to sleep.
The sleep improvement may
also be related to hot water’s relaxing properties – the buoyancy of water
reduces body weight by approximately 90%, relieving pressure on joints and
muscles, creating the sensation of weightlessness while leaving you feeling both mentally and emotionally relaxed.
Peace of Mind
Relax and focus on what’s
truly important – health and happiness.
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Leaders in Science and Innovation
The highlight of this year’s contest is the inclusion of the National Swimming Pool Foundation as co-sponsor. NSPF will award their new Advanced Service Technician™ (AST) Certification Course to each and every finalist. This significant contribution raises the level of the contest to impressive new heights.
The Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy/Gal contest now in its ninth year, is an innovative way to honor the hard-working men and women of the pool service industry. Over the past eight years, over 700 people have entered the contest and nearly 45,000 people have voted for the winners. The contest was coined by an industry reporter as the ‘Oscars of the Pool and Spa Service Industry’.
“Over the nine years that Pleatco has run this contest, we’ve learned that being a professional pool or spa service technician is more than a job…it’s a passion. Many homeowners treat their service guy or gal like family; it’s a special relationship; said Pleatco CEO, Howard Smith. A pool or spa is an integral part of a home – a way to relax – and it’s a place for a family to share time together. Homeowners trust their service professional to keep their “backyard-oasis” safe.
It’s easy to enter! Just click here: https://www.pleatco.com/contest-entry
The relationship with the homeowner is much deeper than that of the mailman or local handyman in most cases. Essentially, the Perfect PoolGuy and Gal are the unsung heroes of the neighborhood “The service industry is extremely important when it comes to helping owners fully enjoy and appreciate their pools”, adds Brian Van Bower, Genesis Ambassador and Co-founder. “Skip Phillips and I started our careers in pool service and it has always been near and dear to our hearts. We are proud to help honor our hard working service professionals through he Pleatco contest!”
“We also are fortunate to be the new co-sponsor of this wonderful contest. At NSPF we fully support initiatives that keep pools safer, keep pools open, and assure more people can enjoy the water. We recognize the crucial role every pool service technician plays, we are honored to celebrate them, and we are pleased to offer our new AST online course as a major prize for each and every finalist to nurture continued growth.” says Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of NSPF.
This year’s Perfect Pool Guy and Perfect Pool Gal will each receive a trip for two to the International Pool, Spa, and Patio Expo hosted by New Orleans in November 2016. Most important, both winners may attend the Genesis Basic Pool Construction Course free of charge ($5,000 value) being held in New Orleans. This year the contest winners (and all finalists) will receive access to NSPF’s AST Certification Course ($1,100 value). Add in a high profile awards ceremony, gala dinner, nationwide advertising campaign and thousands of dollars of free Pleatco products and you have an amazing incentive to nominate yourself, or colleague PoolGuy/Gal in this year’s contest.
It’s easy to enter! Just click here: https://www.pleatco.com/contest-entry
“This year’s theme is - Put your PoolGuy/Gal to the test!” says Pleatco’s CMO, Battista Remati. “We are looking forward to an amazing contest and urge everyone, even if they have entered in previous years, to nominate either themselves or a colleague and reward them with the recognition they so duly deserve”.
Reason #1 Quality Time With Family & Friends
A huge benefit of swimming pool ownership is less distraction from ever-present technology that controls so much of our life. Now just imagine the look on your children’s faces when you tell them they are getting a pool! Your swimming pool also gives friends and neighbors a reason to come over.
For parents, it keeps the kids close and gets them outside! Breaking that grip on video gaming, YouTube, social channels, texting….
Laughter, smiles, games, splashing or floating. When you build a pool, you’re actually creating a fun and relaxing space for all to spend time together. You’ll make memories that will last a lifetime!
Reason #2 Create an Endless Vacation in Your Backyard
Why leave your home to go on vacation when you can be on an endless vacation in your own backyard? Need an escape? Open you backdoor and you are there!
Reason #3 Fitness and Health
Instead of driving to the gym, you can spend time exercising in your own pool. Research shows that swimming provides an excellent total body workout with a low risk of injury. Swimming in your pool can also promote faster weight loss. Walking or jogging in the pool is a great, low-impact forms of exercise. Water provides extra resistance while protecting the joints and bones.
Reason #4 Relaxation and Stress Relief
When you get home from a long day at work or need to escape the every day pressures of life, take a quick dip in your pool to unwind. Being in and around a pool is a natural stress reliever because water has an amazing calming affect on us.
Reason #5 Increases the Value of Your Home
A pool adds an immediate value to your home. Many people add extra amenities to the pool area like an outdoor bar/kitchen, fire pit or landscaping. These additions further increase the worth of your home.
Reason #6 Beat The Dog Days of Summer
Instead of hiding out indoors with the air conditioning, you can beat the summer heat by lounging in the cool waters of your own pool and save on the air conditioning bill. Speaking of dogs – they will love their new pool!
Reason #7 The Grandkids
When it comes to giving the grandkids an extra incentive to go to Grandma and Grandpa's house, nothing beats a swimming pool.
Reason #8 Sleep Better
If you suffer from insomnia, or lack of peaceful sleep the exercise you get in a pool allows you to fall to sleep faster and sleep deeper. Many parents struggle to get kids to bed on time, a pool can make your life easier, it’s a sure fire way to tire them out.
Pool Landscaping Ideas – Create a Backyard Oasis
Pools are fun for the whole family, relaxing and even therapeutic additions to your backyard paradise.
The landscaping you choose can turn even the most basic pool and patio into an absolute oasis. Often, it's not until the pool landscaping is completed that your swimming pool develops that "wow" factor that people dream of.
In addition to that “wow” look goal, pool landscaping projects have some common practical goals:
Plant for low maintenance
Mesh well with your yard’s theme
Protect the pool from debris that might blow into the pool
Whether you're planning to revamp an existing landscape, start from scratch, do-it-yourself or hire a professional, these pool landscape design tips and ideas can help jump start your project planning.
Pool Landscaping Tips:
How to use Potted Plants
Potted plants can be a simple and inexpensive part of your landscaping project. Since they are portable you have the freedom to experiment with placement. Potted plants are often clustered together to give the look of a landscape bed.
Privacy is a concern for many pool owners
The visual and audible screening properties of natural plants and trees make landscaping one of the most powerful ways to achieve privacy in a swimming pool area.
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How to use Planters
Planters are different than potted plants, in that planters are a permanent feature of your pool landscaping area. They are typically used in flat open area in the pool patio, or as an elevated feature adjacent to benches or walls. Using simple planters in your pool patio area can transform little used sections to create that “wow” factor! Planters can also reduce the cost of your project if used appropriately.
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The Role of Lighting
Properly done outdoor lighting can really make your pool area standout.
Evening entertaining by the pool is so fun! Use pool lighting to showcase your pool. Place lighting in trees and walkways to make these areas appear larger and more inviting. Your guests will be impressed!
Smart Tip: Many times new pool owners want to add lighting features but do not have the budget to add immediately. In these cases, consider having an electrician run extra electrical conduit to your pool for future installations, this will save you money down the road.
Which Plants to Use and Avoid:
Good plants to use
Evergreen trees and ground cover
Ivy (for ground cover)
Long blooming flowers
Ornamental grasses like fountain grass
To cut down on maintenance responsibilities, avoid greenery that needs mulch or loses foliage that could blow into the pool. To get the most use out of your backyard paradise, incorporate shading solutions. Work with your existing landscape/trees to achieve shade opportunities. While you may not want to directly shade the pool, nearby shaded areas provide guests with a place to relax and socialize out of the sun.
Smart Tips: Don’t plant yourself into a corner! Consider all the work involved with weeding, pruning, raking, fertilizing and watering. Select plants and trees that will match your acceptable level of maintenance. Also plan on the growth! A blue spruce looks great when you load into the trunk of your car, but 10 years later, it’s 30ft tall, and now you have tons of needles dropping into your pool, and all shade – no sun.
Saltwater Pool Owners: Make sure to choose plants that are tolerant of high salt level.
Bad landscaping to use
Fruit bearing trees
Plants that attracts bees and other insects like mint or bee balm
Plants with thorns, barbs, or other prickly parts like roses or hollies.
Smart Tip: Avoid trees that shed leaves or needles, bark or seeds, which make it difficult to keep the pool clean. Added organic load also consumes sanitizers and elevates phosphate levels and can quickly lead to green pools or algae
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Should I use boulders?
When considering the use of boulders – think about how they fit into the overall theme of your pool landscaping design. Think twice about using a single boulder around a pool that does not fit your design theme.
Areas of river stone and other landscaping rocks can add a low-maintenance separation between planting beds.
Smart Tip: Boulders are best utilized when they are used in groups and with an abundance of pool landscaping.
We would love to hear your comments.
Pleatco – The Clean Water Company